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Essex County Ontario Provincial Police say that they have witnessed a sharp rise recently in the number of impaired driving related arrests and motor vehicle collisions in Essex County.
They say that with the mass of education and information available to the public via numerous media sources, dictating the pitfalls of operating a motor vehicle or vessel while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, it is alarming to see that some still do not heed this warning.
The public are reminded that upon being charged with drunk driving they face an immediate, automatic 90 day driver’s licence suspension. In addition, drivers are subjected to court and lawyer costs and upon conviction a further licence suspension, a criminal record and insurance rate increases.
“As we approach the August 1st Civic Holiday and long weekend, Essex County OPP is expecting the normal summer surge in traffic and marine related activity. Regardless of your plans for this coming weekend, I once again encourage all people who will be operating motor vehicles and vessels to respect our drinking and driving laws. Over the past several days you have been reading of the number of impaired drivers being arrested by Essex County OPP members. The vigilance by our officers is augmented through tremendous community support, who are immediately notifying the OPP of suspected drunk drivers,” said Inspector Glenn Miller, Essex County OPP Detachment Commander.
“Essex County OPP has seen a 37% increase in the number of impaired drivers in 2016 as compared to the same time period in 2015. While this is disappointing it also speaks to the risk that people are willing to take, not only with their lives but the lives of others. Be smart, drive safe and enjoy your destination this weekend.”